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Invited Commentary
December 2017

Ranking of Hospitals Performing Advanced Abdominal Laparoscopic Procedures

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(12):1118. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2226

After comparing outcomes for advanced abdominal laparoscopic procedures between Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services high-star hospitals (HSHs) and low-star hospitals (LSHs), Koh et al1 concluded that there were no differences in mortality, and serious morbidity was only different in colorectal surgery, where HSHs had lower serious morbidity. The average cost of hospitalization and postoperative admission to the intensive care unit were lower in the HSHs than in the LSHs.

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